This talking desk will do everything for you but your actual job

the autonomous desk is a standing that talks talking
Science tells us that sitting at our desks all day is no good. But standing desks can be expensive, and sometimes you just need to sit in your chair and despair. What’s a person to do? Get a desk that does both, obviously. And one with Siri-like voice recognition that can also turn off your lights would be even better, according to one new Kickstarter.

Launched today, the Autonomous Desk from Robotbase will automatically raise and lower to your preferred settings when it senses your presence. There’s an Ikea desk with similar functionality, but you have to press the buttons. And the Autonomous Desk will offer gentle reminders when you’ve been taking advantage of your chair for too long.

But the desk is even smarter than that. It can sync with your Nest thermostat and Lifx or Philips Hue light bulbs. You can even lock and unlock the Lockitron bolt on your door, all with the sound of your voice. It has an HD speaker and built-in speech recognition, so it can understand you when ask it to order you lunch or send a Lyft.

The 52-by-28-inch desk has a maximum height of 49 inches and a minimum height of 23.5 inches and comes in either oak or walnut. There are a few other nice features, like a wireless charger, two USB chargers, and a hook where you can hang your bag. Robotbase successfully launched its Personal Robot on Kickstarter earlier this year, and it seems like the Autonomous Desk has some of the same functionality built into it.

There are still lots of opportunities to snag the $399 early bird price, which is $100 off the expected retail price. Robotbase plans to have all the desks shipped by September — we just hope anyone who buys one doesn’t work in an open office, where everyone can hear them conversing with a desk.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: 1-handed drone control, a pot that stirs itself

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Product Review

Amazon's new Echo is smaller and cheaper; firmware upgrade improves sound

The all-new Echo is shorter, cuter, and comes with several different color and fabric choices. Our Amazon Echo review reveals that while the acoustics initially weren't great upon release, a firmware upgrade has improved the sound.

G-Sync is a game-changer. These are the best monitors with Nvidia's display tech

Looking for a monitor that plays well with Nvidia GPUs? You need G-Sync, and we have picked the best G-Sync monitors available! Take a look and find out which monitor works best for your PC upgrade.
Home Theater

How to install Dolby Atmos ceiling speakers

When it comes to getting the very best Dolby Atmos sound quality, ceiling speakers are a must. Installing them, however, can be a daunting task for even the most gung-ho DIYer. Don't worry - you can do it. Just follow our complete guide and…
Smart Home

Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show

The Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show: which is better? Both are smart displays that control your smart home, but that's where the similarities end. We compare design, features, price and more to find out which is right for you.
Smart Home

Kitchen fires, viral turkeys, family knife fights, and more Thanksgiving fails

If you’re dreading small talk with nosy relatives or fearing you might burn down the house while cooking, we hate to say that your fears might not be unfounded. Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest Thanksgiving fails.
Product Review

Size matters, and Anova got it right with the Nano sous vide immersion circulator

Thinking about trying your hand at sous vide cooking? Anova recently came out with the smaller, more affordable Nano. The compact and easy-to-store precision sous vide immersion circulator is only $99. Here's our take on the device.
Smart Home

How to cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner in an Instant Pot

We collected some of our favorite recipes and created an Instant Pot Thanksgiving dinner guide. Here’s how to ditch the oven and cook your entire Thanksgiving Dinner in an Instant Pot.

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Smart Home

Hosting Thanksgiving but not sure where to begin? Try a Thanksgiving meal kit

Need a Thanksgiving meal, but short on time or expertise? Here are the best Thanksgiving meal kits to help you out. They either give you all the ingredients and instructions, or provide a full Thanksgiving meal that you just have to heat.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.

The best iRobot Roomba deals to make cleaning your home a breeze

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger using a robot vacuum cleaner. These nine iRobot Roomba deals not only help you keep your home tidy, but many also come with advanced features such as automatic scheduling and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Smart Home

Picture this: The Aura packs thousands of photos in a single frame (for a price)

Are you one of those people who miss the good old days of flipping through photo albums to see each and every favorite photo? If so, you might love the Aura digital photo frame. We tested the device and came away impressed.